The Importance of Education

Our friends at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview have published a commentary on the importance of education and school choice.

John Stonestreet writes,

As stories pile up of public schools teaching first-graders it’s normal to have two mommies or two daddies or hosting “coming out” events for transgender students, one might sympathize with the urgency many parents feel to get their kids out of “government schools.”

But for some, such as those lacking the time and resources for private schools or homeschooling, the options are limited. And let me be clear: There are many good public schools and many dedicated Christian teachers in those schools who deserve our support. But it’s also clear that current trends don’t bode well for public education in America. . . . .

And we ought be clear on this point as Christians: no matter what we use among the public, private, homeschool or hybrid options, ultimately the education of our children is a parental responsibility—one that we cannot outsource.

Stonestreet goes on to talk about the contributions Christianity has made to education in the past and the many good options that exist for students and adults seeking a sound education today.

One of the reasons we have promoted home schooling for so many years is we firmly believe that parents have a right and a responsibility to direct the education of their children, and home schooling provides important options for families who want to give their children the best educational opportunities they can.

You can read Stonestreet’s entire commentary here or listen to it below.

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Photo: Credit: By Rennett Stowe from USA (Tapping a Pencil Uploaded by Atmoz) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Common Core Review Council to Hear from Arkansans

This week Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin announced plans for the Governor’s Council on Common Core Review to tour the state to hear from Arkansans about Common Core.

According to Lt. Governor Griffin, the council will spend approximately 60 hours listening to Arkansans at 9 stops over the course of 8 weeks. The council also has several hearing scheduled in Little Rock regarding Common Core.

This is an opportunity for all Arkansans to voice their opinions on Common Core to members of the Governor’s Council on Common Core Review. If you would like to make your position on Common Core known, you may want to make plans to attend one of these meetings.

You can find additional details here.

Below is a list of tour stops and dates:

Thursday, April 23 – Little Rock
5:00PM – 7:00PM
Pulaski Technical College Little Rock-South
Transportation Technology Center, The Community Room
13000 Interstate 30, Little Rock, AR 72210 (more…)